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Music BTEC at Caludon Castle Business Enterprise School

Course description

The course is suitable for any student with a love and passion for music and particularly those who wish to pursue music at a higher level and then possibly continue to university to study music or attend a music college.

Students who undertake this course will be given a solid grounding in performance, composition and event planning and promotion. Students will use Sibelius, logic and GarageBand musical computer programmes to create their own music and will be taught how to compose for a variety of instruments and ensembles. 

Course content

Unit 1: Music Performance Brief

Learners will plan and perform at a large scale gig, outside of school, with all proceeds going to a charity of their choice. Learners will plan and deliver every aspect of the concert from rehearsing and selecting material through to ticket sales and organising promotion and marketing. This unit is marked internally by music department staff.   

Unit 4: Music Composition Brief

Learners explore music theory and its application through composition. They will use music technology to produce a composition in response to a given brief.

This unit is assessed by a set task of 75 marks provided by the exam board and completed under supervised conditions. The supervised assessment period is a maximum of 12 hours and should be arranged over a number of sessions in a period timetabled by the exam board.

After teacher led lessons students will put what they have learnt into their own composition written under controlled assessment conditions. This unit is completed in school but marked externally by BTEC examiners. Students will be given a brief which they must respond to, showing creativity and an solid understanding of music compositional techniques. 

Unit 5: Professional Practice in the Music Industry

Like the composing brief, students will display what they have learnt in Unit 1 under controlled assessment criteria. Students will be given a scenario, then communicate how they would respond to the scenario giving real life costings, logistical reasoning and displaying an understanding and a knowledge of the policies and practices required when putting on a real event. 

The task explores the professional skills required to work effectively in the industry.

Unit 18: Music Ensembles

Learners will be the pit band and/or stage actors for the school Christmas show. In recent years we have undertaken the Wizard of Oz, We Will Rock You and Grease. This year learners are undertaking the 60s Rock and Roll musical set in space, the Return to the Forbidden Planet. It is impossible to decide at this early stage what musical the students will undertake in 2016.   

Learners will work as part of a musical ensemble and develop their skills and techniques in rehearsal and performance.

Entry requirements

GCSE or BTEC Music Level 2 Merit or above or Grade 5 musical instrument grade.


This is very practical course, building on learners’ knowledge gained from BTEC Level 2 in Music or GCSE Music. Learners are given relevant real life scenarios and must respond accordingly in the musical disciplines of Performing and Composing. Learners must undertake 4 distinct units, two of which are assessed internally and the remaining two assessed through an extended task, completed in school, marked externally.

Learners who undertake this course must be prepared and able to perform to a high standard and be ready and willing to undertake major musical projects and perform in live gigs.

Future opportunities

Recent changes regarding BTEC have made them more rigorous and now highly regarded by universities and employers.

Students who have completed this course in recent years have gone on to a variety of universities and courses including; University of Warwick - Performing Arts Degree, Leeds University - Popular Music and Jazz degree, Coventry University - Music with music technology degree, Bristol Institute of Music (BIM) - Music, Northampton University - Popular Music Degree, Southampton Solent University - Music Journalism degree.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Caludon Castle Business Enterprise School directly.

Last updated date: 10 February 2016
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